Deadly Protests Break Out in Uganda After Latest Bobi Wine Arrest

Violent clashes between Ugandan security forces and people protesting against the latest arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, have left seven dead and dozens injured, police and the Red Cross said. Local media are reporting that the city mortuary has received 16 bodies resulting from Wednesday's protests. The protests in Kampala and other cities broke out after news of Wine's detention broke. Police said they had arrested Wine because he had violated measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Another opposition candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, was also arrested for organising an unauthorised rally in the northern city of Gulu. Presidential candidate Gen Mugisha Muntu has suspended his campaign activities. "We have decided to pause our presidential campaign activities until our colleagues, Bobi Wine and Patrick Amuriat are released and their freedom to campaign guaranteed. We call upon government to recognise that this isn't business as usual," Gen Muntu tweeted on Wednesday.

NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, reacts after his arrest in Luuka District on November 18, 2020.

Protesters light a fire in in Masaka following Robert Kyagulanyi's arrest, Wednesday November 18, 2020.

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